St. Thomas Baseball was looking for a quick finish to the resumption of a suspended baseball game Wednesday afternoon at Gustavus.
The plan started well for the 2:30 p.m. competition: in their first at-bat, the Toms scored once in top of the 11th inning for a 6-5 lead. Avery Lehman doubled and scored the go-ahead run for the Toms on a one-out single by Dan Bolingberg.
But Gustavus went one better in its 11th-inning at-bat. The hosts used back-to-back singles, a sacrifice bunt, and an intentional walk to load the bases, then got a game-winning two-run double with one out for a 7-6 win and a split of the twinbill that started eight days earlier. St. Thomas won 6-0 and game two was halted by darkness with a 5-5 score after 10 innings.
On Tuesday with the outfield drawn in for a possible play at home plate, a one-out fly ball deep to center fell for the game-winning two-run double.
St. Thomas (16-11 overall, 8-6 MIAC) has taken four one-run losses since Saturday to fall from first to fourth place. The Toms have lost seven games by one run or in extra innings.
Gustavus has won seven in a row and leads the conference at 10-4, just ahead of 11-5 St. John's.
Weather permitting, St. Thomas plays two Saturday at Hamline and two next Monday at Concordia-Moorhead. The Purple finishes MIAC play May 4 at home with two against Augsburg.